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George Romero's unusual story of a modern-day Renaissance troupe whose participants follow a medieval code of honor.
One of those crazy and unique movies that it's sort of impossible to rate. On the one hand, George Romero isn't as good a dramatist as he is a genre stylist, so a lot of the scenes in this are hide-under-the-moat embarrassing. But on the other hand it's such a singular vision and exploration of themes that were obviously important to Romero that it's always fascinating (the fact that it's chock full of awesome motorcycle stunts doesn't hurt either).
Also in this movie's favor are two powerhouse performances from Ed Harris and Tom Savini. As ridiculous as this movie gets (and that is a significant figure), they're never anything but committed to their characters.
I love that Romero is so earthy a filmmaker that his idea of glitzy showbiz decadence is a bunch of dudes smashing lamps over each other in a cheap motel room.
A 2 1/2 hour George Romero film about medieval re-enactors including Ed Harris and Tom fuckin' Savini. Instead of horses they ride and joust on motorbikes. I was always going to love this.
I quickly got over how silly this all was by the general awesomeness on display. Great stunts, ace music by Donald Rubenstein (he's even in this one as a cool musician dude serenading Harris) and enough delicious subtext to make up for the last however many dodgy zombie films from George. Well, maybe not quite.
Let us ride to Camelot! It is a silly place.
An utterly unique and deeply personal adventure/drama from George A. Romero about a modern-day traveling Renaissance fair, in which the knights use motorcycles instead of horses, KNIGHTRIDERS is truly a strange bird of a film, but it's one of my all-time favorites.
In his very first leading film role, Ed Harris is characteristically intense and charismatic as the troupe's "King," whose commitment to living by an ancient code comes into conflict with power struggles among the knights and unwanted attention from media.
The cast is awesome and loaded with Romero alums, past and future. In addition to the biggest and most interesting acting role that Tom Savini has ever had (one that makes excellent usage of the FX genius's natural…
A 144 minute movie about Knights on Motorbikes???
A 144 minute Film about the internal struggle to choose artistic & spiritual freedom over fame & money and about finding happiness in your true identity.
The best movie ever about a motorcycle-riding medieval faire and its devoted participants (for whom it is a way of life and a guiding code of honor) that is also a metaphor for independent filmmaking and the struggle to keep one's artistic integrity. It's unlikely that there will ever be a more persuasive case for the virtues of LARPing. Love or hate this movie, one can't deny that it fully commits to its subject. Bonus points for including a gay character, the announcer Pippin (Warner Shook); the movie's over 30 years old, and none of the other characters bat an eye at Pippin's sexuality. George Romero deserves a lot of praise not just for the zombies but for the humanist, progressive streak that runs through all of his films. And for opening this movie with a naked Ed Harris standing in a lake and flagellating himself. There's no movie quite like Knightriders, is what I'm saying.
Weekly reminder to independent filmmakers: you can make a movie about whatever you want. You could even make a straight-faced epic about a motorcycle riding Renaissance Festival troupe if you thought you could do it with sincerity. George Romero did, and it bears his fascination with turning small communities (be it zombie apocalypse survivors in a shopping mall or Society for Creative Anachronism on Wheels) into microcosms of America at large. Rather than establishing a utopia just to destroy it, here Romero seems more optimistic that staying true and not selling out actually will give a permanency to the ideas espoused by the good king Ed Harris (his best performance?). The temptations of money and fame that plague the troupe…
A quick glance will make you think that this film is just about a group of friends who travel the country performing medieval time reenactments. It's much more than that. It's a film about money vs love, friendship vs money, artistry vs fame and freedom over everything. Oh, and it's brilliant. Tom Savini and Ed Harris are the main characters and Ed Harris's performance is absolutely amazing. George fucking Romero.
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This would appear to be George A. Romero's last film that wasn't a horror. I didn't really know what I was getting into when it started as I had no idea of the plot or even a small snippet of what it was about. All I knew was knight's on motorcycles.
So as I watched I can't say I wasn't engaged in the story and I can't say it's a bad movie because it's not. In fact the direction is pretty solid, the look is pretty solid and the acting is pretty solid. Filled with familiar faces from both Romero's films and not, the cast shines especially Ed Harris who delivers a knockout performance.
Romeros take on the American dream.
Features maybe the most likeable ensamble cast in movie history, with a fantastic early lead performance by Ed Harris.
Many themes of consumerism and friendship are also part of the dead films, however Knightriders is a strangely compelling film outside his efforts in the horror genre.
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Wow I can't believe I'm the first person to review this film! Knightriders is an incredibly mixed bag, but it is actually a pretty cool film. After the success of Dawn of the Dead, Romero could have done anything, but he chose to make a 2 and half hour epic about knights that ride motorbikes?! I'm not shitting you!
One of the struggles with the film is that it tries to awkwardly cram so many different genres into one long film. It has some action sequences, some comedic moments, it tries to be a Medieval film and an Easy Rider style road movie all at once. Surprisingly too, it…
Directors George A. Romero veers off into a different type of genre, one that is far different than his previous films. Knightriders is an entertaining drama with effective action thrown in for good measure, and here Romero collaborates with many of the actors of which that have starred in his previous effort, most notably Tom Savini and Ken Foree. Knightriders is an often overlooked film in Romero’s filmography, and it’s also one that has an interesting and original concept, which only George Romero could have realized. The film has some terrific action and drama, and the story is well layered with twists and turns that are enhance by the cast. Of all the films directed by George Romero, I would…
How in the good goddamn is this movie fucking 2 1/2 hours long?
I would literally watch every episode of a reality tv series centered around the lives of these motorcycling ren faire gypsies living the dream.
Alan: There can only be one king, Morgan. You can't just split off and start over again whenever you want. We both know that inside. There can only be one king at one time. That's the law.
A unusual Romero movie which focus on a medieval reenactment troupe who joust on motorbikes instead of horses and try and live according to the Arthurian code. Fascinating character study with a young but already balding Ed Harris and Romero favorite Tom Savini.
Unusual but fascinating to watch.
George Romero's 1981 attempt to escape his own curse of the Living Dead is a romantic fantasy, centered on a group of itinerant stunt bike riders who think of themselves as King Arthur and his court. They replay the legend, with the Sir Lancelot figure (Gary Lahti) stealing Guinevere (Amy Ingersoll) away from the gallant, doomed king (Ed Harris). Romero seems to be trying to cultivate some positive values to play against the rampaging misanthropy of the Dead movies, but this film, too, hangs on a fierce rejection of contemporary American society, and ultimately its romantic vision is far from a happy one. At two hours and 26 minutes, it's a little wearying; it falls into that uncomfortable category of excessively personal works.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…